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Sydney Pollack

Mostly Credited As: Sydney Pollack
Birth Name: Sydney Irwin Pollack
Date Of Birth: July 01, 1934 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Lafayette, Indiana
Date Of Death: May 26, 2008
Cause Of Death: Cancer
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Sydney Pollack


This talented, intelligent director is also a first-rate actor; perhaps that's why he communicates so well with his stars. Pollack studied with Sanford Meisner at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, and briefly served as one of its acting coaches, before embarking on his own career on stage and television. While acting in the 1962 movie War Hunt he became friendly with Robert Redford, who was making his screen debut. When Pollack decided to move behind the camera, Redford was eager to work with him. They have since collaborated on seven films: This Property Is Condemned (1966), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Electric Horseman (1979), Out of Africa (1985), and Havana (1990). Out of Africa in fact, won Pollack his first Academy Award as Best Director.

Pollack was also nominated for the wrenching Depression-era drama They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and the crackerjack comedy Tootsie (1982), which forced him back in front of the camera when Dustin Hoffman insisted that Pollack play his agent in the movie, which he did, delightfully. In 1992 he appeared in The Player contributed the funniest scene to Death Becomes Her as Meryl Streep's addled doctor, and delivered a superb seriocomic performance as Judy Davis' errant husband in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives.

In recent years Pollack has devoted more time to producing than directing, numbering among his credits (as producer or executive producer) Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Songwriter (1984), Bright Lights, Big City (1988), Major League, The Fabulous Baker Boys (both 1989), Presumed Innocent, White Palace (both 1990), Dead Again, King Ralph (both 1991), Searching for Bobby Fischerand Flesh and Bone (both 1993). He also executive produced the high-profile cable TV series "Fallen Angels" in 1993, then returned to the director's chair for The Firm (1993) and Sabrina (1995).

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Sydney Pollack
TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Entourage (2004) 
  No Cannes Do 04x11: (Aug/26/2007) As Himself 

The Sopranos (1999) 
  Stage 5 06x14: (Apr/15/2007) As Warren Feldman 

American Masters (1986) 
  John Ford/John Wayne: the Filmmaker and the Legend 19x01: (May/10/2006) Voiced  Narrator 
  Sanford Meisner: the Theater's Best Kept Secret 05x07: (Aug/27/1990) As Himself 

Will & Grace (1998) 
  Blanket Apology 08x19: (Apr/06/2006) As George Truman 
  Cheatin' Trouble Blues 04x19: (Mar/28/2002) As George Truman 
  Cheaters (2) 03x17: (Feb/22/2001) As George Truman 
  Cheaters (1) 03x16: (Feb/22/2001) As George Truman 

King of the Hill (1997) 
  Transnational Amusements Presents: Peggy's Magic Sex Feet 04x23: (May/14/2000) Voiced  Grant Trimble, [Special Guest Stars]

Just Shoot Me (1997) 
  A&E Biography: Nina Van Horn 04x23: (May/09/2000) As Himself 

Mad About You (1992) 
  Cheating on Sheila 06x13: (Feb/24/1998) As Dr. Sydney Warren 

Pebble Mill (1991) 
  Series 5, Show 63 05x63: (Jan/29/1996) As Himself 

Frasier (1993) 
  The Candidate 02x07: (Nov/08/1994) As Holden Thorpe 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 58th Annual Academy Awards 34x01: (Mar/24/1986) As Winner: Best Picture / Best Director (for 'Out of Africa') 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 43x01: (Jan/24/1986) As Winner: Best Motion Picture - Drama (for 'Out of Africa') 
  The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards 40x01: (Jan/29/1983) As Winner: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for 'Tootsie') 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 18th Annual Emmy Awards 18x01: (May/22/1966) As Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama (for 'The Chrysler Theatre:The Game') 

The New Breed (1961) 
  Walk This Street Lightly 01x36: (Jun/05/1962) As Bert Masters 
  The Compulsion to Confess 01x05: (Oct/31/1961) As Austin Rogers 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  A Quiet Night in Town (2) 04x18: (Jan/14/1961) As Joe Gulp 
  A Quiet Night in Town (1) 04x17: (Jan/07/1961) As Joe Gulp 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  The Trouble with Templeton 02x09: (Dec/09/1960) As Arthur Willis, [Co-Guest Stars]

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  The Contest for Aaron Gold 06x04: (Oct/18/1960) As Bernie Samuelson 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  For Whom the Bell Tolls (Part Two) 03x24: (Mar/19/1959) As Andres 
  For Whom the Bell Tolls (Part One) 03x23: (Mar/12/1959) As Andres 

The Directors (1999) 
  Anthony Minghella 02x25: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Sydney Pollack 01x12: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2009)• Producer

Episode Crew


American Masters (1986) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Sketches of Frank Gehry 19x07 Sep/27/2006 As: Director, Writer
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Game 03x01 Sep/15/1965 As: Director
The Fliers 02x16 Feb/05/1965 As: Director
Two is the Number 01x16 Jan/31/1964 As: Director
War of Nerves 01x13 Jan/03/1964 As: Director
Something About Lee Wiley 01x02 Oct/11/1963 As: Director
Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Last Clear Chance 02x17 Mar/11/1965 As: Director
Slattery's People (1964) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Question: What Became of the White Tortilla? 01x06 Oct/26/1964 As: Director
The Fugitive (1963) (1963) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Man on a String 02x03 Sep/29/1964 As: Director
Arrest and Trial (1963) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Quality of Justice 01x10 Nov/17/1963 As: Director
Breaking Point (US) (1963) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Solo for B-Flat Clarinet 01x01 Sep/16/1963 As: Director
Ben Casey (1961) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
For This Relief, Much Thanks 03x01 Sep/09/1963 As: Director
Suffer the Little Children 02x21 Feb/25/1963 As: Director
For the Ladybug, One Dozen Roses 01x22 Mar/05/1962 As: Director
The Big Trouble with Charlie 01x17 Jan/29/1962 As: Director
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Diagnosis: Danger 01x22 Mar/01/1963 As: Director
The Black Curtain 01x09 Nov/11/1962 As: Director
Wagon Train (1957) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Hollister John Garrison Story 06x20 Feb/06/1963 As: Director
The Defenders (1961) (1961) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Kill or Be Killed 02x16 Jan/05/1963 As: Director
The Tall Man (1960) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Phoebe 02x38 May/26/1962 As: Director
Rio Doloroso 02x23 Feb/13/1962 As: Director
Target: The Corruptors (1961) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Wrecker 01x22 Mar/02/1962 As: Director
Cain's Hundred (1961) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Fixer 01x12 Dec/12/1961 As: Director
King of the Mountain 01x06 Oct/24/1961 As: Director
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